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“Should have had dessert first!!”

Nick's San Clemente
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Ranked #2 of 238 Restaurants in San Clemente
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$15
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar Scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Great food, and warm hospitality. Whether you are looking for a fireside cocktail or a dinner with friends, our carefully chosen menu of sandwiches, steaks, salads, seafood, and handcrafted beverages has a variety of choices to satisfy any appetite. Designed with thoughtful detail, Nick's San Clemente's interior of wood, stone, and jewel like lighting surrounds you in comfort and warmth. A South Orange County Favorite. Enjoy our Patio all year round.
Reviewed October 23, 2017

Nick's was a wonderful restaurant. We visited for lunch and were seated within about10 minutes. We started with the Asparagus fries. Stalks of asparagus lightly coated with seasoning and fried, and served with homemade ranch dressing. They were light and crunchy. I had the cioppino. It had the best seafood stock I have ever tasted. Large shrimp, mussels, clams, white fish, salmon, langostino - served in a large bowl. My husband had the halibut with baby bok choy and the most buttery mashed potatoes ever. I say we should have started with the dessert because we were stuffed -- but the waitress enticed us with the butter cake. Warm cake with crystalized sugar crust served with warm berry compote and vanilla ice cream. WOW. It was beyond amazing. You won't be disappointed with anything you try.

Date of visit: October 2017
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2  Thank SallyBirch617
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Reviewed October 19, 2017 via mobile

Excellent tasty, affordable food and sensational customer service make sure you book ahead if you can as it is extremely popular and you could be in for a wait if you haven't made a reservation.. Even so it's worth the wait.

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank Deb S
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Reviewed October 18, 2017

Nick's is a wonderful dining experience ! Whether you dine at the bar or a table the service is terrific. Friendly, young staff, and a menu that is sure to meet your pallet !
No corkage fee adds to the experience. This San Clemente restaurant is a must !
Order the Artichoke and you will love the dipping sauce !

Date of visit: October 2017
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Thank George R
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Reviewed October 3, 2017

Well my wife and I decided to have lunch at Nick's last Friday. My wife wanted to order a salad and have the dressing on the side like she has done many times before at any other restaurant with out any issue. Nothing out of the ordinary. The waiter proceeds to tell us that my wife can't have the dressing on the side because it's a new menu item. We asked really??? He said no. Confused, we ask him to give us a minute to so she can decide if there is something else on the menu she would like. While we were looking at the menu the manager comes over and starts to talk to us. She tells us that the salad is a new menu item and do to the "Presentation and Integrity of the salad" they were unable serve us the salad as my wife had asked. Presentation and Integrity of a SALAD?!? We asked really? And after they said sorry, we decided to get up and leave. Unbelievable that a restaurant could be so full of them selves that they would rather have seated customers get up and walk out of their establishment than accommodate a simple request.

Date of visit: September 2017
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4  Thank FishnFrank
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Reviewed October 2, 2017 via mobile

I always love South of Nicks. The food is the best elevated Mexican around. And the margaritas are awesome. A little too noisy though but aren’t most nice restaurants?

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank zippywebb
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